Faculty from three ACM colleges have been named to visiting positions on off-campus study programs in Italy, Jordan, and India for fall 2014. All will bring extensive regional expertise and research interests that will enhance the programs’ academic offerings, according to Joan Gillespie, ACM Vice President and Director of Off-Campus Study Programs.
“The programs provide a mix of courses and language study, field trips, and home stays that take full advantage of their locations,” Gillespie said. “The visiting faculty play a key role in helping students adjust to their new surroundings and in mentoring the students as they engage with academic and cultural aspects of the programs.”
Carla Daughtry, a cultural anthropologist at Lawrence University with long experience in Egypt, will lead ACM’s newest program, Jordan: Middle East & Arabic Language Studies in Amman. As Visiting Faculty, she will teach an elective course and guide the program participants in their independent study projects.
Professor Ruth Caldwell from Luther College will return to Italy as the Florence Program’s Affiliated Scholar. Previously, she served as the Affiliated Scholar for the spring semester London & Florence: Arts in Context program.
As the Faculty Coordinating Representative for the India: Culture, Traditions, & Gobalization program, socio-cultural anthropologist Arjun Guneratne from Macalester College will be at the program site in Pune for the first several weeks of the semester. He will work with the students in refining plans for their independent study projects and in acclimating to the local culture.
Carla Daughtry, Lawrence University
Associate Professor of Anthropology Daughtry focuses her scholarship on Middle East and North Africa cultures, transnational and urban refugee communities, and ethnic and gender issues.
Since the 1980s, she has spent several years in Egypt as a student, researcher, and teacher, first as an undergraduate at American University in Cairo and later on a Fulbright Fellowship during graduate school. Daughtry lived in Cairo from 1998 to 2000 as a research fellow, again at American University, working with displaced Sudanese refugees who had fled Sudan’s civil war as part of the field work for her doctorate at the University of Michigan.
Most recently, Daughtry received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and spent 2010-11 teaching and supporting student and faculty research at the university’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR).
Ruth Caldwell, Luther College
Although she received her doctorate at the University of Chicago in French, the language that is the focus of her teaching, Caldwell also has an M.A. in Italian and developed the Italian language program at Luther. Her research interests include medieval and early modern Italian poetry.
In Luther’s January Term, Caldwell leads a course in which students read Dante’s Divine Comedy and discuss historical, literary, artistic, political, philosophical, scientific, and religious aspects of the work. In past years, she also has led students on January courses in Italy and France and a semester-length program in Malta.
Arjun Guneratne, Macalester College
At Macalester, Professor Guneratne teaches a broad range of courses, including the methods course Ethnographic Interviewing, A History of Anthropological Ideas, Peoples and Cultures of South Asia, Environmental Anthropology, and Anthropology of Law.
He received his PhD at the University of Chicago, and his research has focused on South Asia, particularly Nepal and Sri Lanka. Guneratne’s book, Many Tongues, One People: The Making of Tharu Identity in Nepal, dealt with ethnic identity in relation to the processes of state formation.
In recent years, he also has been exploring the relationship between environmentalism and globalization, such as his project examining the emergence of an environmental movement in Sri Lanka, its roots in the period of British colonialism, and how Sri Lankan environmentalism has been shaped by contemporary globalizing processes.